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I7 970 or i7 960 for fast editing with CS5 Premiere Pro?

I am getting a new computer built for editing HD video tapes, using Adobe Premiere Pro [CS5]

I am undecided whether to spend the extra to get an i7 - 970, rather than the 4 core i7 - 960. I'm not sure if I will be able to see the difference between 4 or 6 cores with Premiere Pro. I'm not a gamer at all. I had planned to get the Sandy Bridge until they recalled the product and I have been told it will be a minimum 2 - 3 months before the problem is fixed.

The rest of the build is:
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
RAM: CORSAIR DDR3 12GB PC3-16000 [3X4GB]
BOOT DRIVE: Western Digital Velociraptor WD6000HLHX
VIDEO DRIVES: 4 x 1TB Western Digital Cavier Black, run in RAID 5

If you can see anything where I have overkilled or underkilled, or omitted, please advise?
Thank you for your help.
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  1. i7980x or i7 950.
    your choice.
    $1100 vs. $300

    your choice.
    Ram is No.
    GPU is No.
    Case is No.
    Buner is No.
    HDD are No.

    Basically i hat what you've chosen.
    and if you want ill build a better one for you.
  2. Best answer
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    6 core CPUs help in heavy image/video editing tasks but i7 970 isn't worth its price because the performance gain you get isn't worth the extra money(compared to i7 960) so go with i7 960 or 950.They both can handle Premiere Pro fine.
    About your build,well if you are not a gamer,then go with a cheaper card like GTS 450.
    Also 850W is overkill for your build,Corsair VX550 is enough and good.(If you get the GTS 450)
    Other specs look great.
  3. If SB was an option i would do that but hey price cuts and some succulent deals means 1090T more than viable alternative ^^

    Actually Icrontic got excellent results X6 + MPE in CS5 Premiere and u dun have to deal with mobos that cost an arm and a leg hehe
    A case for GPU computing: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Mercury Playback Engine
    This project consists of compressed 640×480 video footage. These small video files were being eaten alive by the massive 1090T hexa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. Premiere Pro CS5′s increased performance with multi-core systems coupled with bleeding fast hardware will make fast work of any simple projects such as this, not giving the GPU enough work to really make a difference. These results do suggest that if you’re editing small-time video footage, you will not benefit much from using Mercury Playback.

    1090T +MSI 870A-G54 $240 (ATX + USB/SATA 3.0)

    Items off Egg $369AR

    $609AR in total
  4. Take batuchka's very good recommendations, add Win7 Home Premium instead of your original Win7 Pro to save another $40, then throw in the very fast and reasonably priced SSD for $105 After Rebate: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB
  5. Thank you for all your advise I will take it on board. The reason I'd chosen the gtx 470 was that it allowed the mercury acceleration to be enabled in cs5.
  6. I think GTS 450 has that too.
  7. Best answer selected by lee-52.
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